Adelphi University to Host “Images of Africa in the Age of Obama” on March 24, 2010

Adelphi University is pleased to present the symposium, “Images of Africa in the Age of Obama,” which seeks to raise awareness about the African continent and its many peoples while providing a context for understanding representations delivered through media.

Garden City, NY, March 06, 2010 --( The event will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom of the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will include a student performance on “expressions from Africa,” followed by three panelists presenting their research on the achievements and challenges of Africans. The panelists, Peyi Soyinka Airewele of Ithaca College, William Martan of Binghamton University, and Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome of Brooklyn College, will address the need for critical analysis of media, literature, arts, and social sciences representations. The event will also include an extended dialogue with audience participation, a dance performance, and a reception.

About the Panelists:

Peyi Soyinka-Airewele is an associate professor of African and international politics at Ithaca College and is president of the Association of Third World Studies. Her research focuses primarily on the socio-political discourses of popular African cinema. Dr. Soyinka-Airewele’s publications include, Socio-Political Scaffolding and the Construction of Change, Reframing Contemporary Africa, and Invoking the Past, Conjuring the Nation. Her work on democratic development, collective memory, and cathartic violence has been published in the Journal of African and Asian Studies, the Journal of Third World Studies, and West Africa Review. She received her Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

William G. Martin is a sociology professor at Binghamton University. His research and teaching interests include the relationship between the formation of Africa and the modern world, the sociology of knowledge, and global social movements. His recent publications include “The Prison Industrial Complex Goes to Africa: Branch Plant or Apartheid Plant?” in Rethinking Prisons, “Introduction: Recapturing Black Worlds in Postliberal Times,” in Review, and “Beyond Bush: The Future of Popular Movements and US Africa Policy,” in Review of African Political Economy, among others. Dr. Martin received his Ph.D. in sociology from Binghamton University.

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome is a political science professor at Brooklyn College. Her research interests include human rights, nationalism and ethnicity, economic and political development, and gender relations with a focus on Africa within the world economy, among others. Dr. Okome is an editor of Jenda: Journal of African Culture and Women Studies, and recently published “Immigrant Voices in Cyberspace: Spinning Continental and Diaspora Africans into the World-Wide Web” in Gendering the African Diaspora: Women, Culture, and Historical Change in the Caribbean and Nigerian Hinterland, and “African Economic Development” in the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, to name a few. She obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Collaboration Project 2009: I Can Make Change, the Center for African American and Ethnic Studies, the sociology, political science, and English departments, the General Education Program, the Levermore Global Scholars Program, First Year Experience Committee, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

To learn more about “Images of Africa in the Age of Obama,” please contact Assistant Professor Melanie Bush at (516) 877-3255 or at For more upcoming cultural events, visit

About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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